Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development

February 2013

By: Megan Mcconville, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Social Equity

This guide identifies seven strategies for linking smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development. These include:

  1. Facilitate meaningful community engagement in planning and land use decisions
  2. Promote public health and a clean and safe environment
  3. Strengthen existing communities
  4. Provide housing choices
  5. Provide transportation options
  6. Improve access to opportunities and daily necessities
  7. Preserve and build on the features that make a community distinctive

It also includes several case studies and a Resource Guide, which organizes resources by theme.